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Liberals Hold the Moral High Ground

Liberals Hold the Moral High Ground

Liberals Are Morally Superior
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Do conservative or liberal philosophies lead to more just outcomes? Opposing moral philosophies have long fueled debate about America’s policy goals and national identity. For conservatives, morality is grounded in ideals such as patriotism, including a respect for order and authority; fairness and liberty in the sense that an individual’s actions yield just rewards, or consequences; and reverence for the sanctity of religious and moral tradition. Liberals place moral emphasis on caring: for the poor, the disadvantaged, and the marginalized; on fairness in the sense of redressing both historic wrongs and current inequalities of outcome; and on generosity extending beyond the bounds of nations or cultures. In today’s divisive political arena, which side best embodies the nation’s most cherished virtues? Morally speaking, is the left right?

  • Howard Dean

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    • Former DNC Chairman & Governor of Vermont
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    Even today, while an undercurrent of disgust with campaign money remains on the left, with the occasional complaint from purists that Obama does not prioritize the issue, the fact is so long as Democrats are winning, most on the left don't prioritize the issue either.

    Saturday, June 21, 2003

    Howard Dean weighs in on the 2018 elections and the Trump administration. 

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Dean called on Democrats to run campaigns based on true moral values — health care, education and election reform.

    Thursday, December 9, 2004

    The change is obvious for America’s LGBT community: They are finally out of the legal shadows.

    Monday, February 2, 2015
  • Melissa Harris-Perry

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    • Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, Wake Forest University
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    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    The ultimate aim of the GOP's social agenda is to force women back into the home.

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    More and more Americans are learning what it feels like to be unsafe and unprotected. In other words, they're learning what it's like to be black.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Republicans are turning to tired, failed strategies in an effort to alienate both black and white voters from President Obama.

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    The populism of the right is coalescing around the race-bating extremism of Newt Gingrich—and Citizens United is greasing the wheels.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    It might be time for progressives to lead our national bible study.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Melissa Harris-Perry discusses the criminal justice system in America. 

    Melissa Harris-Perry testifies before the before the Congressional Caucus for Black Women and Girls.

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Paul Ryan’s racist comments have been the mainstream view of the Democratic Party for decades.

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • David Brooks

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    • Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
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    Progress on guns will be possible when the culture war subsides, but not before.

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    It’s ironic that race was the issue that created the Republican Party and that race could very well be the issue that destroys it.

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    The Buckley-era establishment self-confidently enforced intellectual and moral standards.

    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    The recent fight over transgender bathrooms represents the reductio ad absurdum of the culture war.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Ronald Reagan’s G.O.P., and maybe some future G.O.P., will fix the immigration system and attract the people who will make the country innovative, dynamic and interesting for decades to come.

    Friday, February 19, 2016

    Marriage is in crisis because marriage, which relies on a culture of fidelity, is now asked to survive in a culture of contingency. Today, individual choice is held up as the highest value: choice of lifestyles, choice of identities, choice of cellphone rate plans.

    Saturday, November 22, 2003

    At their best, Americans have always believed that people should have the widest possible latitude to exercise their faith as they see fit or not exercise any faith.

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    By imposing stricter standards on how courts review affirmative action plans, the court did send another small signal that the era of explicitly race-based affirmative action is coming to an end.

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    An open letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    If we could get this issue away from the abortion professionals and their orthodoxies, we could reach a sensible solution: abortion would be legal, with parental consent for minors, during the first four or five months, and illegal except in extremely rare circumstances afterward.

    Sunday, April 22, 2007
  • Robert George

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    • Political Philosopher & Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
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    The Princeton legal scholar on America’s refugee policy, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his ‘I told you so’ moment with liberal friends over the recent flood of executive orders. 

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Robert P. George, a Princeton University professor of jurisprudence and a Roman Catholic, is this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker.

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    Robert George talks about his book Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, a collection of his essays on topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and judicial activism. 

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Robert George sits down with Bill Kristol. Transcript available here

    The Roe justices were also wrong to imagine that legal abortion would prove to be enlightened or in the slightest respect humane.

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Robert George, professor at Princeton University, uses natural to argue that marriage is defined as between a man and woman.

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

    In an Oct. 6 interview with CNA, Robert George, a professor of constitutional law at Princeton University and visiting professor at Harvard University, explained the implications of these two announcements for religious freedom supporters throughout the country.

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    In an Oct. 6 interview with CNA, Robert George, a professor of constitutional law at Princeton University and visiting professor at Harvard University, explained the implications of these two announcements for religious freedom supporters throughout the country.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    An open letter to Catholics not to support Donald Trump. 

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    The key ingredient is something I know intimately from my own family's experience, namely, gratitude.

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

Friday, February 1, 2008
Jonathan Haidt

In The Roots of American Order, the historian Russell Kirk provides a persuasive answer: America is not only the land of the free and the home of the brave, but a place of ordered liberty.

Monday, June 9, 2008
Edwin Feulner

When Adam Smith and a group of fellow Scots first used the word in a political sense, it meant something very different than it does today. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Daniel B. Klein

With this platform, we the Republican Party reaffirm the principles that unite us in a common purpose. 

Monday, November 27, 2017
Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls. It’s a simple but powerful idea: we are stronger together. 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

As we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Nicholas Kristof

A distinctively liberal commitment to cultivating autonomous character is vital for social opportunity and for a free society more broadly.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Richard V. Reeves and Dimitrios Halikias

As I investigated America’s culture wars from Jefferson to Obama, I found that they follow a predictable pattern. They tend to start on the right, with conservatives anxious about some cultural change. Yet conservatives almost always lose, because they lash themselves to lost causes.

Friday, January 29, 2016
Stephen Prothero

A three-part series on the history and achievements of progressives, and liberals, in American politics. Part two and three here. 

Friday, January 1, 2010
John Halpin and Conor P. Williams

The truth is that Liberalism is about making elites feel better about themselves and their lives without requiring the underlying action of significantly improving the lives of African-Americans.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Nikki Johnson-Huston

The political left might consider itself more open-minded than the right. But research shows that liberals are just as prejudiced against conservatives as conservatives are against liberals.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Matthew Hutson

The right has been very clear about what government should not be doing, or should be doing much less of, but it has not had nearly enough to say about just what government should do. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Peter Wehner and Michael Gerson

Much more disturbing is that half a century after the civil rights battles were fought and won, liberalism remains much more inter­ested in making excuses for blacks than in reevaluating efforts to help them.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Jason Riley

A series on the moral differences between conservatives and liberals and explanation of why liberal values do not always represent voter interests. Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are available.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Dennis Prager
Civil Rights

Fifty years later, a dive into what it took to make the historic legislation law. 

Monday, June 30, 2014
Natasha Geiling

The GOP has allowed itself to be cut off rhetorically from a pantheon of Republican political heroes, from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to Susan B. Anthony, who represent an expression of conservative ideals as true and relevant today as it was in the 19th century. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jonathan Chait responds to Kevin Williamson’s article on the history of civil rights in the Republican party.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Jonathan Chait
Role of Government

With all of official Washington in the grip of Republicans, and an autocratic — not to say imperial — figure in the White House, many liberals are taking a second look at the 10th Amendment.

Monday, January 9, 2017
Renée Loth

A good but limited government is one that serves its citizens by exercising well its particular task and refraining from other tasks. Essential to government's particular task is ensuring that other social institutions are free to exercise their own particular tasks.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Ryan Messmore

The right yearns for an era when churches and local organizations took care of society's weakest—an era that never existed and can't exist today.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Mike Konczal
Religion & Faith

For many people on the left, pro-life views are wrong but understandable, while traditional views on sex, marriage, and gender identity are not merely wrong but bigoted and deplorable. 

Friday, August 4, 2017
Ryan Anderson

Faith leaders whose politics fall to the left of center are getting more involved in politics to fight against President Trump’s policies.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Laurie Goodstein

The left has a chance to supplant the Christian right as the new moral authority.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
John Stoehr

Conservatives love to tout their economic bona fides. But the data reveal a far different story.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Sean McElwee

Leveling the playing field means fairly enforcing regulations and progressive policies that help people build small businesses and ensure consumer demand for their products and services.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kate Bahn and Regina Willensky

Conservatives love this deeply misleading factoid about poverty in America.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Dylan Matthews

When actual flesh-and-blood people are being considered — when we consider how big government affects human beings — we find many victims of its policies not among the rich, but among the poor.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Edwin J. Feulner

Blaming the success of America’s 1% for the slow growth of middle- and working-class incomes leads to policies that slow an already slow-growing economy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Ed Conard

Reaganomics was right for the 1980s, but today’s economy calls for a new approach from the right.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Max Bloom